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blownstang01

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I installed Bigfoot Levelers on our 31' Winnebago C, Love Them ! Previously,without jacks my 14 year old son who sleeps in the over the cab bunk who rock the whole RV while turning over in his sleep. Now, it's quite solid. Obviously, the leggo blocks worked fine, but Bigfoot had a sale and I'm very happy I did them.

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If your rig significantly moves with you walking around inside it, that indicates a lot more movement is happening when you drive it, noticed as poor handling. It is a very common condition. A reasonably easy improvement are heavy duty front and rear stabilizer bars and shock absorbers. Heavy duty Helwig bars and heavy duty Bistein shocks are most popular for affordability without sacrifice to effectiveness.

To the original poster, a short 21 footer on an E350 to a long 32 footer on an E450, unwanted movement is common-place. Adding a full-length slide-out will amplify the situation. Plan on getting the heavy duty upgrades. Plan on spending roughly $1500-$2000 to have a shop give you full service. Finding internet deals and installing everything yourself will save you around two/third that cost.

* This post was edited 08/07/19 04:34pm by ron.dittmer *


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ron.dittmer wrote:

If your rig significantly moves with you walking around inside it, that indicates a lot more movement is happening when you drive it, noticed as poor handling. It is a very common condition. A reasonably easy improvement are heavy duty front and rear stabilizer bars and shock absorbers. Heavy duty Helwig bars and heavy duty Bistein shocks are most popular for affordability without sacrifice to effectiveness.

To the original poster, a short 21 footer on an E350 to a long 32 footer on an E450, unwanted movement is common-place. Adding a full-length slide-out will amplify the situation. Plan on getting the heavy duty upgrades. Plan on spending roughly $1500-$2000 to have a shop give you full service. Finding internet deals and installing everything yourself will save you around two/third that cost.
For $2000 wouldn't one be better off just to add the Big foot leveling system and eliminate the movement from the suspension?

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Our 32' Class C had 2 slides, one of which had the kids' bunks. Our Greyhawk did not come with levelers and it would have side to side movement when the kids moved around in the bunk or when someone stepped into or out of the Motorhome. We purchased a set of stabilizers made by Camco. I first used them on the frame of the Motorhome and they had no effect. I then moved them to the corners of the body of the Motorhome and that made a huge difference.

I think with our Motorhome, it was the slides on opposite sides that caused most of the rocking. We really only had side to side rocking. I don't think auto-levelers would have helped much in our case.

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Gjac wrote:

ron.dittmer wrote:

If your rig significantly moves with you walking around inside it, that indicates a lot more movement is happening when you drive it, noticed as poor handling. It is a very common condition. A reasonably easy improvement are heavy duty front and rear stabilizer bars and shock absorbers. Heavy duty Helwig bars and heavy duty Bistein shocks are most popular for affordability without sacrifice to effectiveness.

To the original poster, a short 21 footer on an E350 to a long 32 footer on an E450, unwanted movement is common-place. Adding a full-length slide-out will amplify the situation. Plan on getting the heavy duty upgrades. Plan on spending roughly $1500-$2000 to have a shop give you full service. Finding internet deals and installing everything yourself will save you around two/third that cost.
For $2000 wouldn't one be better off just to add the Big foot leveling system and eliminate the movement from the suspension?
I think you missed my point of addressng two completely different issues with one solution.

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blownstang01 wrote:

I installed Bigfoot Levelers on our 31' Winnebago C, Love Them ! Previously,without jacks my 14 year old son who sleeps in the over the cab bunk who rock the whole RV while turning over in his sleep. Now, it's quite solid. Obviously, the leggo blocks worked fine, but Bigfoot had a sale and I'm very happy I did them.


We installed BigFoot Levelers also. Very happy with the results.


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ron.dittmer wrote:

Gjac wrote:

ron.dittmer wrote:

If your rig significantly moves with you walking around inside it, that indicates a lot more movement is happening when you drive it, noticed as poor handling. It is a very common condition. A reasonably easy improvement are heavy duty front and rear stabilizer bars and shock absorbers. Heavy duty Helwig bars and heavy duty Bistein shocks are most popular for affordability without sacrifice to effectiveness.

To the original poster, a short 21 footer on an E350 to a long 32 footer on an E450, unwanted movement is common-place. Adding a full-length slide-out will amplify the situation. Plan on getting the heavy duty upgrades. Plan on spending roughly $1500-$2000 to have a shop give you full service. Finding internet deals and installing everything yourself will save you around two/third that cost.
For $2000 wouldn't one be better off just to add the Big foot leveling system and eliminate the movement from the suspension?
I think you missed my point of addressng two completely different issues with one solution.
I think I did also. Are you saying a new Class C would have a bad suspension from the factory and will have also have poor handling? I never drove one but walked through a few new ones at shows and noticed some movement. They seemed to move more than my Class A when I rocked it back and forth with just my body.

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I am not saying every class C has suspension deficiencies, only that if your rig rocks significantly when walking around inside it, then you likely also have issues with handling, either known or unrealized.

* This post was edited 08/08/19 05:30pm by ron.dittmer *

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I dont level or stabilize my 28 foot class c. I pull into the spot, eyeball the levelness, plug in the electric and I'm good to go. Never rolled out of bed.

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Started out using the commercial leveling blocks and 2x8's. Have the level indicators. Generally worked ok especially on paved sites. A real pain while setting up in rain.

Added Bigfoot later. Found on sale and made the trip to the Mich. facility.

Now can set up without leaving coach except to make sure slides will extend without hitting anything. Can reset if the coach settles after a day or two when on sandy sites.

Don't get soaked during a rain store while setting up.


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